Biodanza and Other Dance Forms as a Vehicle for Social-Emotional-Learning in Schools: A Scoping Review

  • Joana Calçada St. Francis Xavier University
  • Chris Gilham St. Francis Xavier University
Keywords: SEL, Social-Emotional-Learning, dance, schools, children

Abstract

In this scoping review, the literature on the relationship between dance and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was consolidated. Research of various forms of dance on psychosocial outcomes among K-6 populations included: increased sense of belonging, violence prevention, and increased creative thinking and problem-solving responses. The dance form, Biodanza, in particular, may be useful in engaging students in the active practice of social skills, appropriate use of body language, self-regulation, self-awareness, and boundaries. We suggest that using dance as a tool for SEL in the classrooms may contribute to improved student mental health and to more inclusive schools.

Published
2022-06-23
How to Cite
CalçadaJ., & GilhamC. (2022). Biodanza and Other Dance Forms as a Vehicle for Social-Emotional-Learning in Schools: A Scoping Review . LEARNing Landscapes, 15(1), 53-73. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v15i1.1059